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Photos from Hanoi, Vietnam

 

aptech-computer-education / Students light incense for luck before university entrance exams. The orange booklet is titled Aptech Computer Education, a courseware vendor.

conical-hat-baskets / Woman carrying two baskets balanced on a wooden pole and wearing a conical hat, which offers sun and rain protection

conical-hat-flowers / Woman carrying flowers and wearing a conical hat, which offers sun and rain protection

conical-hat-hanoi / Conical hats, also called a sedge hat or coolie hat, offer protection from the rain, and especially the sun

dog-meat-restaurant / Cooked dog meat at restaurant in Hanoi. One common dish is 'thit cho hap,' or steamed dog. Other options include grilled dog, or fried dog in lemongrass and chili peppers.

hanoi-children / Children waiting to be picked up from school

hanoi-city-traffic / View of Hanoi city traffic at sunset

hanoi-conical-straw-hat / Conical straw hats, also called a sedge hat or coolie hat, offer protection from the rain, and especially the sun

hanoi-food-market / Lively, vibrant food market in Hanoi

hanoi-millions-of-scooters / Millions of scooters and motorbikes fill the streets of Hanoi, nearly all below 250cc engine size. Anything larger requires dispensation from the government.

hanoi-motorbike-parking / Parking for the motorbikes that fill city streets, nearly all below 250cc engine size. Anything larger requires dispensation from the government.

hanoi-rickshaw-cyclo / Take a pedicab tour on a tricycle-like rickshaw, also called a cyclo, through the old section of the city

hanoi-scooters-motorbikes / Millions of scooters and motorbikes fill the streets of Hanoi at all hours of the day and night

hanoi-scooters-stop-light / Hanoi scooters waiting at stop light

hanoi-slum-garbage / It's not quite a slum, but this part of Hanoi shows how garbage is tossed into the canal leading directly to the nearby Red River

hanoi-sofitel-metropole / Front desk attendant at the Hanoi Sofitel Metropole, who walks you to your room

ho-chi-minh-tomb / Blocky, Stalinist tomb of embalmed Vietnamese revolutionary Ho Chi Minh, built by Communists against his wishes. He preferred cremation: 'it saves farmland.'

incense-vietnam-entrance-exams / Students light incense in the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's oldest univeristy dating back to 1070, for luck before university entrance exams

kentucky-fried-chicken / Communist North Vietnam won when the south fell in 1975. But capitalism eventually triumphs, with Kentucky Fried Chicken, HSBC, Olympus, Canon, present.

lighting-incense-before-exams / Students light incense in the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's oldest school dating back to 1070, for luck before university entrance exams

lighting-incense-for-luck / Students light incense in the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's oldest university dating back to 1070, for luck before university entrance exams

long-bien-bridge / Long Bien steel bridge in Hanoi, repeatedly bombed in Vietnam War to sever key North Vietnamese rail links. American POWs were used for repairs.

long-bien-bridge-hanoi / Mile-long Long Bien steel bridge in Hanoi, designed by French architects Dayde and Pille. Opened in 1902 and repeatedly bombed in Vietnam War.

men-playing-checkers / Older men playing a checkers-like game at Ngoc Son Temple on an island in Hoan Kiem Lake

men-playing-traditional-checkers / Men playing a traditional checkers-like game at Ngoc Son Temple on an island in Hoan Kiem Lake

metal-racks / Metal racks for sale from streetside store

metal-racks-for-sale / Metal racks for sale in Hanoi's old quarter shopping district

ngoc-son-temple / Vietnamese girls at Ngoc Son Temple on the Hoan Kiem Lake in central Hanoi

red-river-boats / Boats on the Red River in Hanoi

red-river-hanoi / The sprawling, slow-moving Red River in Hanoi at sunset

roadside-melon-market / Roadside Melon Market across the Long Bien bridge from downtown Hanoi

scooters-scooters-scooters / Scooters, scooters, and more scooters and motorbikes in Hanoi

temple-of-literature-incense / Students light incense for luck before university entrance exams. This is the Temple of Literature, which housed Vietnam's first university, founded for educating bureaucrats.

temple-of-literature-incense-1 / Students pray and light incense for luck in the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's oldest university dating back to 1070, for luck before college entrance exams

temple-of-literature-incense-2 / Students pray and light incense for luck in the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's oldest university dating back to 1070, for luck before college entrance exams

temple-of-literature-incense-3 / Students pray and light incense for luck in the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's oldest university dating back to 1070, for luck before college entrance exams

temple-of-literature-praying / Students light incense in the Temple of Literature, which dates to 1070, for luck before university entrance exams

temple-of-literature-students / Students flock to Quoc Tu Giam, which houses the Temple of Literature and the Imperial Academy, to pray for luck before the university entrance exam

temple-of-literature-tortoise / 82 stones with names of doctoral awardees on tortoises in Temple of Literature. Even though a guard is present, students dart in to rub their heads (stelae) for luck.

three-people-on-scooter / Three people on a scooter isn't impressive. Four people is routine, and motorbikes are also used to transport pigs, chickens and even (securely-tied) water buffalo.

uncle-ho-mausoleum / Blocky, Stalinist mausoleum of embalmed Vietnamese revolutionary Ho Chi Minh, or Uncle Ho, the Communist-directed subject of a fierce national personality cult

vietnam-high-inflation / Vietnam has such high inflation, caused by government printing too many 'dong,' that stickers with new prices are placed on menus. This one was altered multiple times.

vietnam-university-entrance-exam-luck / Students light incense in the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's oldest school dating back to 1070, for luck before university entrance exams

vietnamese-girl-with-mask / Vietnamese girl with full-face mask, more for protection from the sun than airborne pollution. Light-colored skin is prized.

vietnamese-girls / Trendy, well-dressed Vietnamese girls in park in central Hanoi, a far cry from the back-breaking work on rice paddies just a few miles outside the city

 

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